Brazilians begin voting for next president

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Brazilians begin voting for next president

During the first round of voting on October 7, Mr Bolsonaro secured 46% compared to 29% for Mr Haddad.


Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gives thumbs up to supporters (Leo Correa/AP)
Presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro gives thumbs up to supporters (Leo Correa/AP)

Voting for the presidency is in full swing in Brazil, Latin America’s largest nation.

Voters are choosing between far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro and former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad.

Polls ahead of Sunday’s vote showed Mr Bolsonaro with a 10-point advantage. But the race appears to be tightening, as just weeks before he had an 18-point lead.

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Voters wait in line at a polling station in Brasilia (Eraldo Peres/AP)

Mr Bolsonaro cast his vote in Rio de Janeiro, which he represents in Congress. Mr Haddad was expected to vote later on Sunday in Sao Paulo.

During the first round of voting on October 7, Mr Bolsonaro secured 46% compared to 29% for Mr Haddad.

Mr Bolsonaro has promised to crack down on crime and overhaul the economy.

Mr Haddad has promised a continuation of many progressive policies of his Workers’ Party, which governed from 2003 to 2016.

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